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National Frozen Custard Day | Here’s the history of Ted Drewes

Ted Drewes is also celebrating the day with 90 cent one scoop cones!
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ST. LOUIS – In honor of ‘National Frozen Custard Day’ we’re sharing some history about St. Louis’ favorite, Ted Drewes.

Ted Drewes is also celebrating the day [Aug. 8] with 90 cent one scoop cones! They also just celebrated 90 years.

'We're continuing our celebration of 90 years with 90 cent cones for National Frozen Custard Day today! See ya soon!' Ted Drewes said on Facebook.

READ MORE: Ted Drewes celebrates 90 years

So how did it all begin?

According to Ted Drewes website, it all started with Ted Drewes Sr., who was a St. Louis ‘attraction’ – he won the Muny Tennis Championships from 1925 to 1936. He also won the National Public Parks Singles title four straight years in the middle of the 1920s. Ted Sr. opened his first frozen custard store in Florida in 1929. In 1930, he opened another store on Natural Bridge Road in St. Louis and the South Grand store in 1931.

In 1941, the family opened a second stand in south city, which is the current Chippewa location on historic Route 66. By 1958, the two south city stands were all that remained.

In 1985, Ted Drewes Jr. expanded the size of the Chippewa location from five serving windows to 12 serving windows. Ted has inspired four generations of family members and employees to work hard and pay close attention to the details of the business.

Here’s what makes Ted Drewes so special,

‘We spare no expense with real quality vanilla and we use honey. Interestingly, the honey, which we started using to add sweetness due to sugar rationing during WWII is what gave our product its natural viscosity which of course eventually led to our invention of the concrete in the 60s,’ a Ted Drewes spokesperson said.

You can find Ted Drewes at 6726 Chippewa or 4224 South Grand